Firefighters bare plenty for charity calendar

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Note to event planners: To create buzz for your cause, nothing helps quite like four bare-chested and muscled Atlanta firefighters.

imageJust ask those on hand April 18 for the mini fashion show and silent auction at Urban Body Studios in Midtown. They will tell you that those public servants certainly did the trick.

But these weren’t just any firefighters. They were four of the several featured in the 2009 Georgia Heat Firefighters Calendar, which raises funds to help burn victims in their recovery.The calendar, which features the work of gay photographer Tim Wilkerson, is an annual hit among the gays, several of which crowded around the firefighters Saturday for their autographs.

In addition to pitching the $15 calendars, the event last weekend also served as a fundraiser for Action Cycling Atlanta, the group that raises funds for the Emory Vaccine Center through its annual two-day ride through North Georgia. Urban Body Studios is one of several sponsors for this year’s ride, which is set for May 16-17.

Last year, some 65 riders helped raise $106,000 for the Emory facility. The ride has raised more than $400,000 since its inception in 2003. (View photos from the 2008 ride.)

View the Project Q Atlanta photo album from the event on Saturday.

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